With a stable internet connection and a decent computer, the realm of online employment is accessible to anyone, anywhere. With a population of 3.1 million people, Puerto Rico has much to benefit from the growing trends of remote working.
The youth unemployment rate in Puerto Rico was at 24.7% in 2019. For the island, it is, in fact, a fairly good percentage compared to the previous years. As an increasing number of people are switching to remote work, online jobs seem to be attracting a fair part of the younger generation.
Here’s the good news. Earning money from the internet is not that complicated. If you are willing to devote your time to it, here are some paths to try out online.
1. Academic Writing
As students are flocking abroad to study, a huge demand for academic writing appears. If you have a good command of English and a flair for writing, it is not hard to find a job relevant to your expertise.
Websites such as EssayPro are always willing to employ native speakers with specialization in various academic fields. Their stream of orders is only growing; hence, they need new writers every day. If you can prove your qualifications and skills, then it is an easy way to make solid money.
2. Digital Marketing
Digital marketing is perhaps the most rapidly growing freelancing sector. It comes with plenty of opportunities to establish yourself online. Today, SEO analysis, PPC marketing, and competitor analysis are integral parts of digital marketing. All the skills you need for that job can easily be acquired online.
You can further break down your niche, from content writing to social media, to offer specialized services to each client. As an online job, you also have the option to work for multiple companies and projects at the same time.
3. Offer Consulting
If you are proficient in any particular field, you could potentially find people who would pay you to counsel them on the market. You can help them with their goals, set up a business, or boost their marketing. It would surprise you how many companies are willing to hire individual consultants. Especially if you can offer valuable insight into their operation. 45% of freelancers provide skilled services, including consulting on top websites.
With the help of a legitimate website and social media, you can create a profile for people to find and book a session with you.
4. Sell an Online Course
Apart from direct selling of your skills, another approach to take is to teach others. Today, all industries encourage their employees to consistently upscale and grow with the latest technological and market demands. You no longer need a Phd. to impart your knowledge to others.
Regardless of how advanced you are, there would be people looking for courses. There are several online platforms where you can curate an entire course and sell online classes to help others learn another skill.
5. Sell as an Affiliate
Affiliate marketing is certainly not the new kid on the block. However, it continues to be an excellent online income source. You can use multiple channels, be it blogs, social media, or vlogs, where you mention or advertise a project. You will receive a commission every time someone makes a purchase using your link or a code.
To begin with, you can start by signing up on existing affiliate programs such as Amazon or Rakuten. On the other hand, if you already have a substantial social media following, it will become easier to get new clients as well as good commission rates.
6. Become a YouTuber
With nearly 2 billion users, YouTube is the second largest social media platform. Unlike other social media sites, you can monetize YouTube content by connecting it to an AdSense account. Depending on the number of views and the cost per impression of the ad, you could be making substantial income through YouTube.
Additionally, you can resort to affiliate marketing and use your channel for marketing your other online endeavors.
7. Collect and Sell Leads
Another course to earn through a website is to collect and sell leads. Lead buyers are ready to pay for information such as email contacts and other data you collect. You will need to drive considerable traffic to your website through great content in the first place.
And, of course, you will also need to ask the audience to agree to the terms when they visit your site. Through subscription and other tactics, you will be able to collect leads worth enough for any industry.
8. Leverage the Existing Websites
It would be challenging to start a freelance career without knowing which direction to take. Fortunately, there is a myriad of online portals that allow freelancers to connect with clients. Be it writing, consulting, marketing, or web development, such websites are the easiest way to land your first client.
To name a few, you can start with Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer, or even Linkedin to advertise yourself and sell your skills.
In short, for the youngsters in Puerto Rico, online opportunities are not that different from the rest of the world. No matter what you pursue, understand that you will need significant equity in terms of hard work and patience to make money fast.